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Staying up to date on the latest in aviation isn't just a once-per-year endeavor. Tailwinds brings you the latest in current aviation news, quizzes, flying tips, and training updates from CTS. Keep the wind at your back with our weekly updates.
Aviation Weather - Cloud Types

Aviation Weather - Cloud Types

A Better Understanding of Aviation Weather Clouds play an important role in aviation weather and serve as vital indicators to pilots. It’s imperative to be familiar with the different cloud types and more specifically, what each type reveals in terms...

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Cold and getting colder

Cold and getting colder

What cold temperatures mean to calculating a pressure altitude correction High-to-low, look-out-below! We’ve been hearing that since our private-pilot days. But what about “Cold and low, look out below”? How many times have you heard that warning? An...

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Part 135 Online Pilot Training: Take the leap! Part IV

Part 135 Online Pilot Training: Take the leap! Part IV

The Pilot’s View Let’s say you’re a pilot who works for an amazing company that has decided to transition to world class online pilot training. Maybe you’re not so sure about it...how it works, what you will get out of it, how difficult it will be….....

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Part 135 Online Pilot Training: Take the leap! Part III

Part 135 Online Pilot Training: Take the leap! Part III

Enrolling in online pilot training in a digital world OK. You’ve made the decision to modernize your aviation training department to join the e-learning world. What now? Well, just like in the old days when the yellow pages let your fingers do the wa...

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Defining the Critical Engine

Defining the Critical Engine

This week’s blog entry on the critical engine is for our piston and turboprop audience. In single-engine operations, your only engine is the “critical” engine. However, for multi-engine aircraft, the critical engine is commonly defined as the engine ...

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Part 135 Online Pilot Training: Take the Leap! Part II

Part 135 Online Pilot Training: Take the Leap! Part II

So you’re thinking about upgrading your training department and converting to computer-based….Let’s talk benefits! In my experience as both the student and the instructor, here are the top 6 benefits I’ve found for converting to a computer-based trai...

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Part 135 Online Training: Take the leap!

Part 135 Online Training: Take the leap!

As a retired line pilot, Chief Pilot, and Check Airman I’ve witnessed and presented training in varying ways, from old schoolhouse training to online, we’ve tried them all. This is part 1 of a blog series dedicated to making a switch to online traini...

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Bird Strike

Bird Strike

What to do in the Event of a Bird Strike Birds are a significant threat to aviation and their presence presents many potential hazards. A bird strike may be so small that it goes completely unnoticed by the crew until the walk around after landing. H...

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SLD Icing: Avoid, avoid, avoid!

SLD Icing: Avoid, avoid, avoid!

Supercooled Large Droplets...If that phrase doesn’t make your skin crawl, then you probably haven’t inadvertently flown into them. The dreaded SLD...You know there is something different about this icing encounter because of the “splat” noise that it...

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Electronic Flight Bag

Electronic Flight Bag

CTS now offers an Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) course featuring the following tutorial: Introduction to EFBs, EFB Operation, and Abnormal and Emergency Procedures. The tutorial contains interactive slides and learning checkpoints to keep the user enga...

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Concise Communications in the Air

Concise Communications in the Air

How to make yourself a better, safer pilot. Radio communications are a huge part of a pilot’s daily life. From getting the ATIS broadcast prior to taking off to receiving ground clearance for parking, the reality is that a pilot’s listening and speak...

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Missing the missed approach

Missing the missed approach

It was a dark and snowy night… Our non -tower destination would require an approach through a mountain pass, with an equally precise missed approach back out through the mountains, if necessary. With 2 hours of flying still to go, our 4:00 AM wakeup ...

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The Art of the Proper Maintenance Write Up

The Art of the Proper Maintenance Write Up

Last week my co-pilot and I were climbing through FL310, casually discussing the events of the day, when we were suddenly interrupted by the bright glare of the HYDRAULIC PUMP warning light. As always, I took a deep breath to give myself a few second...

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OAT, SAT, TAT, RAT…..WAT ????? (I mean WHAT??)

OAT, SAT, TAT, RAT…..WAT ????? (I mean WHAT??)

Part 135 or 91 Temperatures matter beyond OAT Are there really that many ways to measure temperature in an aircraft? And are they all equally important? Now that the temperatures have started to plummet, a review of which values really matter in our ...

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Corporate Aviation Security

Corporate Aviation Security

Corporate Aviation has unique characteristics that make setting enforceable security regulations or standards difficult, if not impossible to enforce, especially when considering the wide range of operations conducted under the Part 91 umbrella. Corp...

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